We will be able to use our local water resources to the fullest and wisest extent possible.
Our water bills would be fully transparent; with no more mystery fees such as CARW, WRAM, MCBA, CPUC fees, or intervenor surcharges, among others.
Conservation and reclamation programs would be locally decided upon and controlled.
Decisions will be made right here, by us, in Claremont’s own best interest.
For a long time, water bills in Claremont have been higher than in neighboring cities and they have been increasing faster. From 2009 to 2013, our bills increased at a rate of 10% per year, while the increase was only 3% in Pomona and La Verne.
From 2007 to 2013, GSW earnings per share increased 100%.
A comparison with La Verne, which owns its own water system, shows that, although our populations are similar in size, Claremont needs to use much less imported water. In spite of this, Claremont water bills are much higher (see table below).
The difference in the average monthly bills in La Verne and Claremont in 2013 was $64. Multiply that by 12 months and 11,100 connections to homes and you get $8.5 million more paid in Claremont during the year.
If we used that $8.5 million to pay off revenue bonds instead of sending it to GSW, we could pay off a lot of bonds and not even notice. And after 30 years, we would own the system.
Area (square miles)
Population (2013 estimated from 2010 census)
Imported water (5x as expensive as from wells)
Water tiers (by usage)
3 (4 being proposed)
1 (except in drought)
Typical monthly water bill (1” meter, 24 ccf, June 2013)
In a time of continuing and extreme drought, when increasing temperatures are expected for the foreseeable future and populations are growing, it is imperative that we have control of our water. Water should be recognized as a necessity of life rather than as a commodity on which to make a profit. A private company cannot work on this premise, but our City can. Let’s purchase the water company.